And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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There were two events which occurred last night which overshadowed everything else, so we’re going to let them speak for the rest of today’s recaps and just move on from there.

First, and most obviously, was Max Scherzer striking out 20 dudes. That ties him for the most in a nine-inning game with Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens, who did the deed twice. A guy named Tom Cheney struck out 21 in a 16-inning game for the Washington Senators against the Orioles in 1962. Cheney’s milestone was kind of a fluke. He’d only pitch in 41 games over three seasons after that year. The other guys: legit beasts. As is Scherzer, of course. Once in a while I remember him with the Diamondbacks, all stuff — great stuff, mind you — and no plan, and marvel at what he’s done since.

The other big fun story was Noah Syndergaard hitting two home runs in the Mets’ win. It was a 4-3 win. Syndergaard drove in all four of those runs on his bombs. I’m guessing there are stats out there about how often a pitcher has driven in all of his team’s runs in a win and I assume the vast majority of those instances were games in which his team scored one or two runs. I can’t recall a game, at least in the nine seasons I’ve been doing these And That Happened recaps, where a pitcher did it with as many as four runs.

Oh, and finally there was this:

Bartolo’s trot was better. I was watching the Mets-Dodgers game and the most notable thing about Syndergaard’s trots was just how awkward and unpracticed they were. Now he has a lot of practice.

The rest of the scores. We’ll get back to highlights tomorrow. None of them would beat these two things anyway:

Padres 7, Cubs 4; Padres 1, Cubs 0
Orioles 9, Twins 2
Rangers 6, White Sox 5
Astros 5, Indians 3
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7
Mariners 6, Rays 5
Giants 5, Blue Jays 4
Royals 7, Yankees 3
Nationals 3, Tigers 2
Red Sox 13, Athletics 3
Braves 5, Phillies 1
Pirates 5, Reds 4
Marlins 3, Brewers 2
Cardinals 5, Angels 2
Mets 4, Dodgers 3

 

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Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.